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Orange Liqueur


Homemade Orange Liqueur is surprisingly easy to make and is intense and sweet with the aromatic flavor of oranges. It is also so much tastier and a cheaper alternative to make it yourself than to buy an expensive bottle of Grand Marnier.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, French, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 Cups vodka
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • Cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Whole cloves
  • Peeled zest of 3 oranges


  • Bring sugar, water and cloves to a boil to make the simple syrup mixture. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and let cool to room temperature.
  • Peel zest of off of the oranges, cutting shallowly to avoid the white pith.
  • Mix the orange peels, vodka and simple syrup mixture with cloves in a glass container and cover. Leave at room temperature for 20 days to infuse the orange flavor into the vodka. Swirl or move the container around every few days to help the flavors develop.
  • After 20 days strain the mixture and add the vanilla. Store in a clean bottle. You can use it right away or allow to age at room temperature for an additional 2 - 3 months for even more flavor. Sip as is or use in your favorite cocktails.


Double the sugar and water for a sweeter liquor if desired. For sipping liquor I recommend less sugar but if you will mostly be using your Homemade Orange Liqueur in cocktails you may want to add more simple syrup mixture.